Children of Earth and Sky

{5/5} “It could change everything. He needed to paint well, earn respect from the khalif and his court, remember all he saw and heard, come home remembering. Unless the most secret, least likely part of his mission somehow happened. He had already decided he wasn’t going to think about that.”

Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay, published in 2016

Orso Falerii is the new Seressini ambassador to Obravic. Emperor Rodolfo, who some think is going mad, remembers Faleri from a brief meeting 40 years ago — so maybe not. Faleri’s top priority is to do something about the Senjani pirates.

Danica Gradek, a Senjani, heads out at night in her boat alone — but her grandfather’s voice is in her head. She has weapons and intends to punish the Seressini if she can find them. They are blockading Senjan — and they’re trading with the Osmandi, who had destroyed her village.

This novel takes place in the same world as The Sarantine Mosaic but in a different era, based on Renaissance Europe.

It’s a masterpiece about choices made in politics, in trade, and in battle. It’s about people with more than one task, like painting a portrait and killing the subject of the painting.

Kay always has at least one character who is smart in the sense that they understand subtleties of complex situations.

Kay is one of my most favourite of favourite authors. I’ve read 13 of his books. I previously reviewed River of Stars.

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